While terming this to be "gender" is not accurate, as bell pepper
plants are hermaphroditic, this does appear to be a method used to
identify which type of bell pepper is best for each purpose - either
cooking, eating raw or for seed collection. There is a simple method
for identifying which bell pepper has the traits you desire.
the underside of the pepper, the ones with four bumps are "female" and
those with three bumps are "male". The ones termed "female" peppers, or
those with more bumps, contain more seeds and will be used largely for
collection of seeds and replanting (hence "female"), but are also
sweeter and better for eating raw. The ones with three or fewer bumps
are better for cooking and contain fewer seeds.
However, bell peppers
are hermaphroditic, so any reference to gender is for a helpful memory
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